4–5 May, 2018

Moving Borders: Tibet in Interaction with Its Neighbors
Asia Society, New York | Symposium Website
Keynote Lecture — “Peripheral Visions: An Indian Buddha in the Tibetan Imaginaire”
in conjunction with the exhibition Unknown Tibet: The Tucci Expeditions and Tibetan Painting

28–29 April, 2018

New Directions in the Study of Tibetan Buddhist Art History
Harvard University | Details coming soon
“Painting Manuals (bris yig) as Transmedial Texts”

25–29 January, 2018

Jaipur Literature Festival
Diggi Palace, Jaipur, India| Festival Website
“Milarepa: The Master and His Teachings”

23 October, 2017

Narrative Paintings from Central Asia to the Himalaya
Musée Cernuschi, Paris | Conference Website
“Writing the Visual: Translating Buddha Life Narratives from Text into Image.”

15–17 September, 2017

Jaipur Literary Festival at Boulder
Boulder, CO | Official Website
“The Life of Milarepa: From Text to Practice”

JLF@Boulder with Judy Lief, Nikko Odiseous, and Holly Gayley


20–25 August, 2017

International Association of Buddhist Studies XVIIIth Congress
University of Toronto | Conference Website
“Illuminating Carefree Awareness: Tibetan Poetry Collections and the Landscape of Self”
Literatures of Contemplation (panel organizer)

31 May—3 June, 2017

Tibetan Translation and Transmission Conference
University of Colorado, Boulder | Conference Website
“Fidelity & Innovation in Translation”
“Translating Tibetan Poetry & Poetics: Kāvya in Tibet”

12–14 May, 2017

Religion and the Literary in Tibet Workshop
Tibetan Poetry and Poetics
(workshop organizer)
10th in a continuing series of workshops on Tibetan literature
Latse Library, New York

More information HERE

19 November, 2016

The Digital Futures of Religious Studies
“Desegregating Digital Humanities Research and Teaching”
American Academy of Religion
San Antonio, TX


6 October, 2016

Visit to Yale by HH Tai Situpa

Public address to the Yale and New Haven Community

16 September, 2016

Life of the Buddha in the 2016 Yale ITS Annual Report
“Piecing Together the Life of the Buddha”


25 June, 2016

Frontier Lamas and Monastic Networks in the Himalayan Borderlands
Panel on “Trans-Himalayan Corridors” organized by Hildegard Diemberger and Andrew Quintman
International Association of Tibetan Studies, Bergen, Norway


May 6, 2016, 6:30 PM

The Life of the Buddha in Literature, Art, and Institution
Yale Center Beijing | More Information
8 Jianguomenwai Ave, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building

“Yale Center Beijing Launches ‘Asia in the World’ Lecture Series” (Yale News)
Slideshow from the Council on East Asian Studies


May 5, 2016

How to Read the Life of a Buddhist Saint
Renmin University

April 12, 2016, 9:00 AM

Universities as Agents of Sustainable Conservation
UN Global Colloquium on the Preservation of Cultural Heritage | More Information
Zhang Auditorium, Yale SOM

March 31, 2016, 4:30 PM

Putting the Buddha to Work: Śākyamuni in the Service of Tibetan Monastic Identity
South Asia Seminar Talk | More Information
University of Chicago
Foster Hall 103

February 12, 2016

The Yogin and the Madman receives Honorable Mention in the 2016 Association of Asian Studies’ E. Gene Smith Book Prize.

December 21, 2015

The Life of Milarepa is available for the first time in audiobook form HERE.

 October 17-18, 2015

Religion and the Literary in Tibet Workshop (year 5)
University of California, Berkeley
Continuation of a long-term project. More info HERE.

September 10, 2015, 7:00 pm

The Making of Milarepa
Public talk at Tibet House
22 West 15th St, New York, NY

There is a suggested donation but I have requested that all proceeds go toward earthquake relief in Nepal.
Information HERE.

July 3-5, 2015

Buddhism on the Edge: Locating Premodern Religion on the Himalayan Frontier
Conference on Exploring New Grounds in Himalayan Studies
Yunnan Minzu University, Kunming, China, 3-5 July 2015

June 1, 2015

Recipient of 2-year Ho-ACLS Collaborative Research Grant in Buddhist Studies for “The Life of the Buddha at Jonang Monastery: Art, Literature, and Institution”

May 28, 2015

The Yogin and the Madman receives Yale University’s 2015 Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for outstanding scholarship

April 16-17

Illuminating the Yogin’s Path: Manuscript Illustrations in Tibetan Biography
Conference on Books and Readers in the Pre-Modern World
University of Virginia, 16-17 April 2015

 April 6-10

Visit to Yale by HH the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Campus visit and Chubb Fellowship Lecture

Walking through old campus

February 17, 2015

The Buddhas of Jonang: Literature and Art in the Creation of a Tibetan Monastery
Yale Himalaya Initiative Seminar Series, Yale University
Room 202, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave

December 8-10, 2014

Borderland Buddhism: Locating Pre-Modern Religion in/on the Himalayan Frontier
(roundtable discussion on Border Politics, Identities, and Scholarship Across the Himalayas—a Further Call for “Critical Border Studies”)

Asian Borderlands Research Network Conference, Hong Kong, 8-10 December 2014

November 23, 2014

The Yogin and the Madman receives the American Academy of Religion’s 2014 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion–Textual Studies
American Academy of Religion
San Diego, 22-25 November 2014

November 7, 2014

Manuscripts in a Xylographic World:  Notes on Tsangnyön Heruka’s Lost Block Prints
Symposium on the Tibetan Book
University of Virginia, 6-8 November 2014

October 4, 2014, 4:30 pm

Translating Poetic and Inspirational Materials
Translation and Transmission Conference
Keystone, Colorado, 2-5 October 2014

October 1, 2014, 5:00 pm

The Making of Milarepa
A book talk on The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa
University of Colorado, Boulder
British Studies Room, Norlin Library

Free and open to the public

May 29, 2014, 6:30 pm

The Yogin and the Madman: On Writing and Reading Tibet’s Greatest Liberation Tale
A book talk on The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa

Lhatse Library
Trace Foundation, 132 Perry St., Suite 2B, New York, NY

Free and open to the public

April 5-6, 2014

Self and Religious Subjectivities  (panel discussant)
Modern South Asia Workshop, Yale University

March 16, 2014

Histories of Himalayan Buddhism  (panel convener)

Buddhism on the Border: Institutional History and the Formation of Religious Tradition on the Frontier of Tibet and Nepal (paper presentation)

The Himalaya and Tibet in the North American Classroom, panel participant

Himalayan Studies Conference, Yale University, 14-16 March 2014

January 31, 2014, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

The Yogin and the Madman: On Writing and Reading Tibet’s Greatest Liberation Tale
A book talk on The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa

International Room, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University

December 16-18, 2013

Geographical Narratives, Narrative Geographies: Transformations of Lives and Landscapes on the Himalayan Borderlands

Putative Purities: Transcultural Dimensions of Master Narratives in Religion, Heidelberg University

November 23, 2013

4th Seminar on Religion and the Literary in Tibet

American Academy of Religion, Baltimore

November 12, 2013

Literature, Art, and Institution: Religious Studies Collaborations in Bhutan

Environment, Livelihood and Culture: A Round Table Discussion on Collaborative Research Partnerships in Bhutan

Yale Himalaya Initiative Seminar, Yale University

July 25, 2013

Śākyamuni in the Service of Jo nang: Tāranāta’s Jo bo Phyogs las rnam rgyal

International Association of Tibetan Studies 2013, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

April 29, 2013

Life of the Buddha at Jonang Monastery: Literature, Art, and Institution

Annual Tibetan Collection Lecture, Newark Museum of Art

March 9-10, 2013

Himalayan Connections:  Disciplines, Geographies, Trajectories

An interdisciplinary workshop at Yale University
workshop link
workshop report & video proceedings